Associate Professor of Art and Art History
- Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708-0766
114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Smith Warehouse Bay 9, Room A289, Durham, NC 27708
- Phone: (919) 684-2487
- Office Hours: Friday 2:00–3:00 and by appointment
Stanley Abe has published on Chinese Buddhist art, contemporary Chinese art, Asian American art, Abstract Expressionism, and the collecting of Chinese sculpture. He is now writing a narrative account of how Chinese sculpture came into existence as a category of Fine Art during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley 1989
M.A., University of California at Berkeley 1984
B.A., University of California at Berkeley 1981
Awards and Honors
Fellowships for University Teachers. National Endowment for the Humanities., 2007
Franklin Grants. American Philosophical Society., 2007
Shimada Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in the History of East Asian Art for the book Ordinary Images. Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and The Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies, Kyoto, Japan., 2004
Fellowships for University Teachers. National Endowment for the Humanities., 1997
Summer Stipends Awards. National Endowment for the Humanities., 1992
- Duplicates and Copies in Chinese Sculpture. Percival David Foundation Annual Lecture. British Museum. 2017 - 2017
- Towards a Theory of the Substitute in Chinese Sculpture. East Asia Art & Archaeology Research Seminar. Department of Art & Archaeology. 2017 - 2017
- Duplication in Chinese Sculpture. Burke Lectures. Department of Art History. 2017 - 2017
- Duplication in Chinese Sculpture. Goldberg Lecture. Department of Art History. 2017 - 2017
- Locating World Art, Again. World Studies: Approaches, Paradigms, and Debates. University of Hong Kong. 2016 - 2016
- Discussant. "Dredging the Deep End: Expanding the Parameters of Chinese Art History". Annual Meeting, Association for Asian Studies. 2016
- Sculpture: A Comparative History. Asia Art Archive. 2016
- Sculpture: A Comparative History. Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong. 2016
- Copies in Chinese Sculpture. Christie's Education, London. 2016
- Copies and Duplication in Chinese Sculpture. Department of Fine Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong. 2016
- Copies and Duplication in Chinese Sculpture. New Perspectives on Buddhist Visual and Manuscript Cultures of the Silk Road. Georgetown University. 2016
- Moderator and Respondent. "Modernities in Korean Art" workshop. Nam Center for Korean Studies and History of Art Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 2016
- Imagining Sculpture in China. University of Texas, Austin. 2016
- Convernor, "Dislocations: Remapping Art Histories". Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific. Tate Modern. December 2015
- Bringing Asian Art to Berlin. Museum of Asian Art. August 19, 2015
- Eduard von der Heydt and the Museum Rietberg. Museum Rietberg. August 16, 2015
- Necessary Fictions: Imagining Sculpture in China. Museum of East Asian Art. August 14, 2015
- Osvald Sirén and Stockholm. Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities. August 11, 2015
- Problems of Small Northern Wei Stele from Shaanxi in Foreign Collections. Art, Archaeology and History: New Horizons in Researching and Rethinking Images. National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University (Shanghai). November 2014
- The Copy in Chinese Buddhist Images. February 12, 2014
- Innumerable Contexts. December 30, 2013
- Moving Buddha: Imagining Sculpture in China. November 10, 2013
- Necessary Fictions: Imagining Sculpture in China. November 10, 2013
- Imagining Chinese Sculpture. June 5, 2013
- Moving Buddha: Chinese Sculpture and Global Modernity. May 14, 2013
- Moving Buddha: The Discovery of Chinese Sculpture. April 18, 2013
- Earliest forms of Buddhist Imagery in China. October 19, 2012
- The Modern Moment of Chinese Sculpture. October 17, 2012
- The Early Silk Road and Beyond. October 12, 2012
- Discussant for “The Reception of Antiquity” Conference. September 28, 2012
- Sculpture in the Golden Age of East Asian Art Collecting. March 16, 2012
- Discussant for "500 Luohan" Workshop. February 18, 2012
- Discussant for Symposium on the Conservation and Display of Buddhist Art. February 1, 2012
- The Modern Moments of Chinese Sculpture. Silberger Lecture. Institute of Fine Arts. 2012
- Moderator and Discussant for “Buddhist Art: Objects and Contexts”. November 10, 2011
- The Modern Moment of Chinese Sculpture. November 6, 2011
- Rockefeller Collecting: China and Beyond. October 17, 2011
- Discussant, "Art and Material Culture of the Northern Qi Period" symposium. June 4, 2011
- Discussant for panel “Revisiting Alexander Soper,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Honolulu. April 3, 2011
- Order and Things: The Transformation of Chinese Objects into Sculpture. March 16, 2011
- Order and Things: The Transformation of Chinese Objects into Sculpture. March 10, 2011
- Duplicating and Reproducing Chinese Buddhist Sculpture. Department of Art History and Archaeology, Seoul National University. 2010
- Moving Buddha, Making Sculpture. Department of Art History and Archaeology, Seoul National University. 2010
- Order and Things: Art History and Chinese Sculpture. Institute of Art History, University of Glasgow. 2010
- Déjà Vu Once Again: Old Collections and New Discoveries from Shaanxi Province. Institute of East Asian Art History, Universität Heidelberg. 2010
- A Modern Taste for Chinese and Japanese Art. Forgotten Japonisme: The Taste for Japanese Art in Britain and the USA, 1920s–1950s. Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity, Nation, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 2010
- Order and Things: Art History and Chinese Sculpture. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 2010
- The Fuxian Style Once More. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 2010
- Déjà Vu All Over Again: Old Collections and New Discoveries from Shaanxi. University of Chicago. 2010
- Locating World Art. Asia and Europe in a Global Context. Universität Heidelberg. 2010
- Duplicates in Chinese Stone Sculpture. New Research on Buddhist Sculpture. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 2010
- Circa 1909: Moving Japanese and Chinese Sculpture to the United States. Circa 1909 Symposium, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln. 2009
- Figures of China—Transnational Perspectives. Global History and East Asia conference. Duke University. 2009
- China and Japan in Early Rockefeller Collecting. Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity, Nation, University of the Arts, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. 2009
- Discussant for panel “Bringing Chinese Art to the West: Duanfang and an Early 20th-Century Network of Dealers, Collectors, and Scholars”. Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Atlanta. 2008
- Locating World Art. (World) Art? Art History and Global Practice. Northwestern University. 2008
- Introduction and discussant at the preview for the exhibition "Treasures Rediscovered: Chinese Stone Sculpture from the Sackler Collections at Columbia University". 2008
Service to the University
- Director of Graduate Studies. Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. 2016 - 2019
- Office of the Provost. Academic Priorities Committee. 2016 - 2019
- Graduate School. Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty. 2014 - 2016
- Office of the President. University Priorities Committee. 2010 - 2012
- Director. MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts. 2010 - 2011
- Director. Arts of the Moving Image. 2008 - 2012
- Arts & Sciences Council. Executive Committee. 2008 - 2010
- Arts & Sciences Council. 2007 - 2011
- Duke University Press. Editorial Advisory Board. 2002 - 2008
- Director of Graduate Studies. Department of Art and Art History. 2002 - 2003
Service to the Profession
- Member. Academic Advisory Committee. Tate Modern Research Centre: Asia. 2016 - 2019
- Member. Academic Advisory Committee. Tate Modern Research Centre: Asia Pacific. 2013 - 2016
- Reviewer. Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. American Council of Learned Societies. 2013 - 2015
- Member : Editorial Board, Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review. 2011 - 2016
- Editor in Chief and Chair of the Editorial Board. Archives of Asian Art. 2010 - 2018
- Abe, S. (2012, November). Review of Wu Hung, The Art of the Yellow Springs: Understanding Chinese Tombs and Sonya Lee, Surviving Nirvana: Death of the Buddha in Chinese Visual Culture. History of Religions, 52, 173–80-173–80. (Review)
- Abe, S. (2011, February). Review of Robert Harrist, The Landscape of Words: Stone Inscriptions from Early and Medieval China. Journal of Asian Studies, 70, 196–198-196–198. (Review)
- Abe, S. (2005). Review of Ning Qiang, Art, Religion, and Politics in Medieval China: The Dunhuang Cave of the Zhai Family. Journal of Asian Studies, 64, 454-56. (Review)
- Abe, S. (2002, May). Review of Marsha Weidner, ed., Cultural Intersections in Late Imperial Chinese Buddhism. Journal of Asian Studies, 61, 715-16. (Review)
- Abe, S. (2002). Review essay of Lukas Nickel, ed., Return of the Buddha: The Qingzhou Discoveries. Aribus Asiae, 62, 293–99-293–99. (Review)
- Abe, S. (2001). Review of Stephen Little with Shawn Eichman, Taoism and the Arts of China. Journal of Chinese Religions, 29, 332-34. (Review)
- Stanley Abe, . (2001). Provenance, Patronage, and Desire: Northern Wei Sculpture from Shaanxi Province. Ars Orientalis, 31, 1-30. (Academic Article)
- Stanley Abe, . (2000, October). Tobacco Art: Xu Bing's Tobacco Project. Duke University Libraries, 14 (1), 3-7. (Academic Article)
- Abe, S. (2012). General Munthe’s Sculpture Collection. In J Haakestad (Ed.), Gifts (pp. 42-47). Vestlandske Kunstindustrimuseum.
- Abe, S. (2011). The Modern Moment of Chinese Sculpture. In Exhibiting Asian Art: Issues and Perspectives (pp. 27–45-27–45). National Museum of Korea; Friends of National Museum of Korea.
- Abe, S. (2011). Rockefeller Home Decorating and Objects from China. In V Rujivacharakul (Ed.), Collecting China: The World, China, and a Short History of Collecting (pp. 107–23-107–23). University of Delaware Press.
- Abe, S. (2011). Locating World Art. In S Mathur (Ed.), The Migrant’s Time: Rethinking Art History and Diaspora (pp. 130-45). Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
- Abe, S. (2009). Collecting Chinese Sculpture: Paris, New York, Boston. In A Chong and N Murai (Eds.), Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia (pp. 432-442). Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
- (2008). China, The Buddha, and Modern Aestheticism. In S Merali (Ed.), Re-Imagining Asia: A Thousand Years of Separation (pp. 124-133). Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
- Abe, S. (2008). From Stone to Sculpture: The Alchemy of the Modern. In Treasures Rediscovered: Chinese Stone Sculpture from the Sackler Collections at Columbia University (pp. 7–16-7–16). Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University.
- Abe, S. (2006). To Avoid the Inscrutable: Abstract Expressionism and the "Oriental Mode". In K Mercer (Ed.), Discrepant Abstraction (pp. 52-73). MIT Press.
- Abe, S. (2006). Xu Bing de zhenshi de yishu 徐冰的真实的艺术 (The Genuine Art of Xu Bing). In WH 巫鸿 (Ed.), Xu Bing – Yancao jihua 徐冰 – 烟草计划 (Xu Bing: Tobacco Project) (pp. 106–114-106–114). Beijing: Zhongguo Renmin daxue chubanshe.
- Abe, S. (2005). Why Asia Now? Contemporary Asian Art and the Politics of Multiculturalism. In DA Bailey, I Baucom & S Boyce (Eds.), Shades of Black: Assembling the 80s, A transatlantic dialogue on Afro-Asian arts in post-war Britain (pp. 109-114). Duke University Press.
- Abe, S. (2000). Bei Liang shita yu Mogao ku zaoqi san ku de niandai wenti (Northern Liang stone pillars and the dating of the earliest Mogao caves. In DYDR academy (Ed.), Dunhuang xue guoji yantaohui wenji , Shiku kaogu juan (Collected works of the 1994 International Conference on Dunhuang studies, Cave temple archaeology volume) (pp. 159–65-159–65). Lanzhou: Gansu minzu chubanshe.
- Abe, S. (2000). Nanbokucho no dokyo to zokei (Daoist sculpture of the Northern-Southern Dynasties period). In Sekai bijutsu daizenshu, Toyo hen (New History of World Art: Asia) (pp. 362–68-362–68). Tokyo: Shogakkan.
- Abe, S. (2000). Shaanxi sheng de Beiwei diaoke: Laiyuan, zanzhu, yuanwang (Northern Wei Sculpture from Shaanxi Province: Provenance, Patronage, Desire). In W Hung (Ed.), Between Han and Tang: Religious Art and Archaeology in a Transformative Period (pp. 461–88-461–88). Beijing: Cultural Relics Publishing House.
- Abe, S. (2000). Reading the Sky. In W-H Yeh (Ed.), Cross-Cultural Readings of Chineseness (pp. 53–79-53–79). Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California.
- Abe, S. (2000). No Questions, No Answers: China and A Book from the Sky. In R Chow (Ed.), Modern Chinese Literature and Cultural Studies in the Age of Theory: Reimagining a Field (pp. 227–50-227–50). Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.
- Abe, S. (1999). Chugoku o miseru (Exhibiting China). In TNRIOC Properties (Ed.), The Present, and the Discipline of Art History in Japan (pp. 192–206-192–206). Tokyo: Heibonsha.
- Abe, S. (1995). Inside the Wonder House: Buddhist Art and the West. In D Lopez (Ed.), Curators of the Buddha University of Chicago,.